Professor Kang Lee (L) and Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada (photo by Corporal Alexandre Brisson/Canadian Armed Forces Photo)

Kang Lee recognized with 2024 Governor General’s Innovation Award

Kang Lee, a professor in the department of applied psychology and human development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), has received a 2024 Governor General’s Innovation Award.

Launched in 2016, the annual awards celebrate exceptional Canadian individuals, teams and organizations for their excellence in innovation and their contributions in helping to shape our future and positively impact our quality of life.

Lee, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Moral Development, was recognized for his research that has had wide-ranging impacts that include a key legal reform concerning child witnesses, transformation of the diagnosis and treatment of children with behavioural problems and the development of a new technology that allows people to monitor their health using their smartphones. He was nominated for the honour by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

“Dr. Lee’s work has revolutionized scientific research on moral development and transformed our fundamental understanding of the development of lying,” the award citation states. “Although his work was originally motivated to answer basic science questions about childhood dishonesty, his discoveries have made unexpected transformative practical impacts in multiple fields.”

Read about the 2024 Governor General's Innovation Awards